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Arizona Relaxes Restrictions on Opioid Prescribing  

In 2018, Governor Ducey signed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, which set strict limits on opioid prescribing for physicians who practice in Arizona.[1]  That legislation prohibited health care professionals from prescribing more than a five-day supply of opioids, with certain exceptions, e.g., patients with cancer pain, and patients in hospice.  The legislation was the product…

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Federal Vaccination Mandates: Guidance for Employers

What mandates presently apply? Three federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates have proven to be a frequently-moving target for employers nationwide as to both implementation and compliance.  As of the date of this article, all three vaccine mandates are blocked in full or in part. On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates as…

OSHA’S COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard: What Employers Need to Know

  On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace went into effect.[1]  OSHA found, in part, that the COVID-19 pandemic “presents a grave danger to workers in all healthcare settings” and issued the ETS in response.[2]  Who is…

Dental Services Provider Paid $350,000 for Alleged Improper Medicaid Billing

On August 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing a $350,000 settlement between the federal government, Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation (“Cornell”), a Federally Qualified Health Center (“FQHC”), and the State of Connecticut to settle Medicaid fraud claims asserted against Cornell. As a FQHC, Medicaid pays Cornell for certain…